Construction update, April 2016

SLO_0336Work continues to move at a healthy pace at the Bendigo Hospital Project, putting the development on track for a late-January 2017 opening of services at the new hospital.

Quality is at the forefront of all work at the Bendigo Hospital Project, and that’s why it’s vital that ‘quality and sign-off’ inspections continue to assess and test the functionality of the hospital. These site-walks involve key representatives from Exemplar Health, Lendlease, Spotless, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Bendigo Health’s managers and clinical staff – all closely observing the many aspects of the building’s healthcare layout and features. In addition, an independent reviewer is an integral part of the completion process, also undertaking regular inspections at this important stage.

Currently we have an estimated 500 workers on site, and this month we’ve seen a solid focus on completion and the internal fit-out work is really taking shape. These works include the final stages of joinery and fixtures installation, so the myriad of pipes, leads, cabling and trays required for services such as ‘nurse call’, power, lights, data and communications are gradually disappearing from view as the fit-out progresses.

Also nearing completion are areas such as the emergency department, the cancer centre and the intensive care unit plus medical imaging, pathology and outpatient areas. The kitchen, materials supply and loading dock areas are also the scene of much attention, as final cleaning tasks signal the completion of this part of the hospital.

The soft landscaping of the building’s courtyard areas has started with workers laying artificial turf, and installing the irrigation for the future maintenance of plants.

The scaffolding is still in the process of removal within the ‘main street’ part of the new building, which will serve as the new internal entrance fronting onto Mercy Street, and the future location of cafes.

Site hoardings have been removed from the Drought Street frontage, which now allows for work on the new emergency department drop-off area, including stormwater drainage connections and roadworks. With the hoardings removed and temporary fencing installed, the hospital has taken on a new perspective, as the building strikingly emerges from its cloak of construction.

The Bendigo Hospital Project also encompasses historic buildings on campus that have a special place in Bendigo Health’s history. One significant landmark on the site is the Anne Caudle Centre. Bendigo Health’s building and infrastructure team has appointed Kane Constructions to conduct exterior works to this building in the weeks to come, demolishing a non-original extension on the west side of the building. This timeworn uncharacteristic addition will be removed to make way for the construction of an atrium-style stairwell and lift to provide compliant and contemporary disability access, and toilets to meet the needs of people with disabilities. This modernises the Anne Caudle building, while keeping all original features intact. The work starts in early May, and once completed will greatly assist all visitors to the Anne Caudle building, providing easy access to each floor.

Hoardings have been erected on a small section of the Hope Street footpath, to allow for works by Kane Constructions to be carried out on the brick wall. These works will widen an existing entrance, and a temporary crossover and gates will be installed for trucks to access the western side of the site. This vehicle access is a temporary measure, and once works are finished, the entrance will resume its permanent use as a pedestrian-only route.

In early May, Mercy Street will reopen, providing new parallel parking and pedestrian access. The temporary detour via Arnold Street, in place since February, will be closed, once traffic starts to access Mercy Street. Preparations have begun nearby, with plans for temporary parking and pedestrian diversions near the John Lindell Rehabilitation and Marjorie Phillips units in the coming months. This work includes the reconfiguration of the carpark design to allow for an increase in visitor parking bays near the units. Further updates will bring you more details about the ongoing works at the Bendigo Hospital Project.